Stories of the Half-Light

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Stories of the Half-Light (Storie del dormiveglia)

Directed by Luca Magi

  • Italy 2018; 68 min
  • Original version: Italian
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Special Mention of the Interreligious Jury - Visions du Réel
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In Italian, “dormiveglia” designates that blurred state between wakefulness and sleep, in which it is difficult to distinguish dreams from reality. On the outskirts of an Italian town, homeless people are looked after at a night shelter. Rostoom is a suspended place: between its walls, there is no space, no time. At night, around a fire or beneath weak electric lights, the voices of those who keep watch confide in Luca Magi’s camera, in an exercise of extreme intimacy where words become a form of ghostly reverie specific to “dormiveglia”. A polyphonic chant that gives a rhythm to the waiting of these individuals deprived of a future. STORIES OF THE HALF-LIGHT iis a profoundly political film which, with militant dignity, looks at those who are habitually represented like skinny silhouettes, people without bodies or without names. Here, these men and women finally conquer a territory that belongs to them alone: that of dreams.



    Claudio Giapponesi